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January 8, 2002

ALBANY -- An Americus man is America's newest inventor. Craig Walker just received a patent Christmas Eve for a device that could one day save you from painful surgery.

 It's called the rotating wrist support and it's designed to prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. The rotating balls in the support, massage the wrist and stimulate nerve endings and blood flow. Walker designed the prototype himself, now he is looking for someone to mass produce it. It will likely sell for about $25.

Walker says he got the idea about four years ago while typing a letter at the hospital, "I'm a slow typist, so I sat there an hour, realized there was no way a flat piece of foam could increase blood flow."

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome results in more than two million visits to physicians' offices each year, and a quarter million surgeries.

posted at 5:40 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com

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